Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Rahmat Shah's heroics trumped Kusal Mendis' sensational 158 as Afghanistan produced a commanding win in a rain-curtailed encounter in Guwahati.


After Afghanistan lost opener Ibrahim Zadran early in their chase of 295, Gurbaz and Rahmat played steadily and was unbeaten on 53 and 51 respectively, when rain halted the play in the 21st over.

After losing an hour of play to wet conditions, Afghanistan were set a revised target of 257 in 42 overs.

When the match resumed, they needed 139 runs from 21.1 overs.

The break seemed to work in Afghanistan's favour as Gurbaz and Rahmat upped the ante to stretch their second-wicket stand to a game-changing 212.

Gurbaz smashed 119 off 92 balls, hitting nine sixes and eight fours, while Rahmat slammed an 82-ball 93 with ten fours and three sixes.

When both the batters retired out in the 32nd over, Afghanistan needed just 26 runs from ten overs.

Najibullah Zadran and Azmatullah Omarzai completed the formalities.

After Sri Lanka were sent in, Mendis single-handedly powered them to a competitive total with his stroke-filled hundred.

After Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka fell in the first 13 overs, Mendis took charge, hitting 19 fours and nine sixes in his 87-ball knock.

Along the way, he shared a partnership of 158 with Sadeera Samarawickrama before retiring out in the 30th over.

Once Mendis departed, however, Afghanistan fought back, thanks to Mohammad Nabi's four-wicket haul.

From 240 for 2, Sri Lanka only added 54 before being bowled out in the 47th over.


Afghanistan 261 for 4 (Gurbaz 119, Rahmat 93) beat Sri Lanka 294 (Mendis 158, Samarawickrama 39, Nabi 4-44) by six wickets via DLS method


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